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Summer Exhibition 2020 ‘Making Waves’

‘Making Waves’ Summer Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, to run through the summer of 2020 will open on Sunday July 12. As we appear to be slowly coming out of lockdown, this exhibition will remain online even though our doors will be open again physically for short periods on selected days. 

We will feature an exciting collection of the work from talented British artists and makers from far and near.

This exhibition promises, once again, to inspire and entice collectors and appreciators of fine art and quality craft. 

Returning by popular demand will be artist Karen Pearce who will be showing a new collection of her striking seascapes. Following a desire to study art history and to further develop her drawing and painting skills, Karen started her formal art training at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1998, and was awarded a BA in Fine Art (2001) and a postgraduate MA (2003). During her time as a student she was awarded several prizes for painting including a Royal Academy Landscape Scholarship for travel.

Ceramacist Mia Sarosi hand makes her porcelain pieces by throwing on the potter’s wheel and painting each one individually with freehand brushwork. There are no moulds or transfers used, simply skilful hand making. As a result each piece is unique, with its own tiny quirks and imperfections – the record of its time consuming journey through over a dozen processes.

Helen Martino describes her pots as ‘serious, posh and frivolous’ because for many years she was a functional potter, making batches of domestic pots on the wheel. Her current sculptures are hand built individually and each is considered separately. They are intimate in size and like the miniatures tell of a single moment or event and yet they infer a past and future story to be filled in by the viewer.

Rachael Blakeway enjoys both the freedom and the challenge of up-cycling and recycling everyday materials and found-objects into mixed media pictures and decorations. A certain shape, texture or colour will spark off an idea of how she can give something that has been discarded a new lease of life. Rachael uses paper pulp and layers up other materials to create a 3d effect collage, so the viewer feels they can step into a scene and become part of it.

Felt maker Kathie Barrs has been fortunate in having had many opportunities to learn and work alongside renowned felt making tutors from all over the globe, and she is grateful for their skill, patience and generosity. Every one brings something new to each individual’s experience of felt making, and the inspiration and motivation gained from each workshop was invaluable.

She is a member of the International Felt Makers Association, and completed her level 2 City and Guild qualification in Design and Textiles (Felt) at Felt in the Factory in 2015, where she now teaches workshops.

Our aim from the beginning has been to promote the work of British contemporary artists and makers, some already well known in their field and many talented new comers. Now in our 31st year, this continues as strongly as ever. The exhibition will continue until the end of August 2020

Current opening times are Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 4pm